Bosman Wines
De Royan Newsletter Autumn 2013 
de Royan Summer 2013
In 1699 Phillip De Royan was the first owner of a piece of untamed land, today known as Lelienfontein, the home of Bosman Family Vineyards.

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Suddenly the evenings are cooler and we can feel autumn is wrapping around us like a scarf with beautiful, ambient, warm colors. The year is certainly not standing still and with this De Royan newsletter we can celebrate some highlights of 2013 thus far.


We will be participating in the following South African
wine shows over the next 3 months:

3 - 5 May
The Wine Show - Johannesburg

14 - 15 May
The Juliet Cullinan Wine Show - Johannesburg

Did you know:
South Africa is the leading Fairtrade wine producer of the world? More than 65% of all Fairtrade wine sold in the world comes from South Africa.


I will be at the JULIET CULLINAN STANDARD BANK WINE FESTIVAL on Tuesday 14th May and Wednesday 15th May 2013 from 17h30 - 21h00 to exhibit our Bosman range of wines. Come and join me for a tasting of some of our new vintages and wines. If you would like to attend the wine show, e-mail me to reserve a ticket for you as member and for your partner or friend.


With Mother's and Father's Day coming up soon it's good to be prepared with a heart-warming gift to say special thanks to your parents or even friends who would appreciate excellent wine. Wine Club members can now send wine to the home address of their fathers/mothers/friends at no delivery costs for 12 bottles or more as a lovely surprise. The gift would have to be delivered in advance in the week of May 12 2013 for the mothers and for fathers in the week of 16th June 2013 for Father's Day. The offer for free delivery to a friend's house stands throughout the year and make out a great birthday gift as well. We will personalise the delivery and can add a personal note in the package.

12 May Mother's Day or birthday
gift proposal for a lady

33 Variety Rosé 2011 X 3
De Bos Sur Lie Chenin Blanc 2012 X 3
Adama Red Blend 2010 X 3
Pinot Gris 2012 X 3
Total for 12 bottles R800
Click here to email the order to Carla.

16 June Father's Day or birthday gift proposal for a gentleman

Pinot Gris 2012 X 3
De Bos Pinot Noir X 3
Adama Red Blend 2010 X 3
Bosman Cabernet 2007 X 3
Total for 12 bottles R1100

Click here to email the order to Carla.

de Bos

winesWe launched three new De Bos Handpicked Vineyards wines during Fairtrade week (25 Feb - 2 Mar). Arianna Baldo, business manager of Fairtrade Label South Africa, is very optimistic about the progress Fairtrade has made in South Africa in such a short period of time.

Our De Bos launch took place at 95 Keerom Restaurant in Cape Town, with award-winning chef, Georgio Nava. The food pairings with the newly released Walker Bay Pinot Noir, Walker Bay Chardonnay and Handpicked Merlot were absolutely sublime. Georgio is a maestro of perfecting the balance in flavours and in the end, pairing them to dance with a wine.

Our De Bos wines are available now through leading retailers, restaurants and directly from the farm.



Thank you for your feedback on how you have enjoyed our wines. We also received wonderful recognition of our quality in the media and in wine competitions lately. Herewith a few highlights:

South Africa Top 100 Wines list
Bosman Adama Red 2010
Bosman Pinotage 2010

This is the third year running that two of our wines are listed, with our Bosman Erfenis and Bosman Optenhorst Chenin Blanc having been included in previous years.

Perswijn (Netherlands)
Bosman Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2011 - 5 star rating and best South African Chenin Blanc tasted. Perswijn is the most influential wine magazine in the Dutch market.

Taste of Cape Town Top 10
The De Bos Pinot Noir 2012 was included in the Top 10 wines tasted at the Taste of Cape Town (12-16 April 2013).

Our reason for existing as a winery is to be the leading ethical producer of premium wine in the world. Our three business pillars are social, environmental and economic responsibility. Through Fairtrade, we are audited on an annual basis to comply with the rigorous Faitrade standards, but also receive approximately 0.07 €/l of Fairtrade wine sold to invest on social initiatives within our community. We report on these initiatives on a biannual basis and this link will outline the expenditure of the second semester 2012. Thank you for supporting our Fairtrade wines. Click here


Dusseldorf hosts the largest and most dynamic wine show on the annual international wine calendar and during March each year our Bosman Family Vineyards and De Bos Handpicked Vineyards wines were represented at ProWein by brand manager, Neil Buchner and sales manager, Antonia Bosman. Currently, our wines are exported to the following markets: United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, China, Africa and USA. For any international wine requests, please feel free to contact my sister-in-law, Antonia, directly on

Bosman Adama Red 2012 (Sweden)

The good news to our Swedish wine fans is that our Bosman Adama Red 2012 will be launched in the Swedish market on the 2nd of December 2013. We are thrilled with this listing in the Systembolaget (Swedish Monopoly), which gives us the opportunity to share one of our most special wines with the Swedish market. If you are living in Sweden, you are welcome to spread the word that you know of the perfect Christmas gift to a friend who would appreciate a good bottle of wine!

HARVEST REPORT 2013 - Heinie Nel
The 2013 harvest is in the cellar and we are very excited about the quality of this vintage. The growing season started off quite good. Our rainfall in the previous year (2011) was 537 mm and during this year (2012) we measured 727 mm of rain. We started off with good soil moisture and enough water for the growing season. Our own little "Hurricane Sandy" struck from November 28 - 30 2012. We had wind speed of up to 110 km/h, the average being 65 km/h. Many of the shoots and leaves in the vineyards were lost and damaged. The vineyards never recovered fully and immediately after the wind, we had maximum temperatures of 39°C - 42°C. Fortunately there was very little sunburn damage, but at this time we were all starting to become a little negative about the season.

Things did shift to become more favorable during the second half of December and the first half of January when temperatures were cool which is perfect for veraison. Everything was looking really good again and we were about two weeks away from harvesting the Steen for the Méthode Cap Classique. Most of the cultivars were estimated to be about ten days later than normal except for Pinotage and Viognier which was estimated to be 5-6 days earlier. We do sugar loading on the red cultivars to determine this. Sugar loading is when we take 100 berries, weight them and test its sugar. All measurements are plotted on a graph and when it stops ascending, you know the grapes are starting to reach full ripeness. For example, we normally harvest the Shiraz on 25-26 ° Balling, but with sugar loading we established that we already achieve full ripeness on 24 ° Balling. During the tasting of these wines we had very positive results. We will continue with this practice to see whether we can harvest grapes at lower sugar levels and still reach optimum ripeness.


For the first time in Wellington's history, we hosted a stage of the Absa Cape Epic Mountain bike race. The people of Wellington pulled out all the stops and did their best to give a warm welcome to visitors and keep the town clean, fresh and fluffed up, resulting in Wellington being awarded the trophy of Best Stage of the 2013 Cape Epic. Wellington boasts some of the best single track mountain biking trails in South Africa and the riders thoroughly enjoyed the sheer beauty of our humble little valley. Go Wellington!

The Wellington Harvest Festival had to make way for the hosting of the Absa Cape Epic this year. We have some good news for those that feel that they have missed out on their favourite town's harvest festival: Wellington will host a brand new festival on the 14th of September 2013. Save the date. More info will follow with an update on the festival details.


Not all that glitters is gold.

I have come to believe this more and more. Some rewards in life are not meant to be measured in monetary terms, but does however equate to much value. In a time in the world history where the current system of capitalism is being challenged and past systems of socialism and communism have failed, the world now looks for a new form of responsible capitalism.

May you be inquisitive enough to search for new possibilities, have enough courage to pursue them and have enough faith to believe that in time, it will make a difference.

A toast to taking the first small step!

Warmest regards
Carla Bosman

Carla Bosman  
Best regards,
Carla Bosman

Bosman Family Vineyards
Tel: (021) 873 3170
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